THE FOUNDERS

 
 
 

Danny Song

Founder & Head of School

Danny Song is the Founder and Head of School of Believe Memphis Academy, founded through the Building Excellent Schools Fellowship. 2015 recipient of the national Sontag Prize in Urban Education, Danny holds a B.A. in Journalism and an M.A. in Urban Education from Union University.

 
 
 

Jeff Warren

Director Of Finance & Operations

Jeff Warren is a native Memphian, who attended Snowden and Central High School. Jeff holds a B.A. in Psychology from Yale University and an M.A. in Early Childhood Education from the Relay School for Education.

 
 
 

Sarah logan song

dean of families

As the Dean of Families, Sarah Logan Song will lead the recruitment, retention and engagement of families at Believe Memphis Academy. Sarah holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Union University with a B.S. in French and International Business and also an M.A. in Urban Education.

 
 
 

Nicole Warren

Director of Curriculum & Instruction

As the Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Nicole leads the academic team at Believe Memphis Academy, plans the school curriculum, and coaches our teachers. Nicole holds undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College majoring in Gender & Women's Studies. Nicole went on to recieve her Masters in Education at the University of Michigan.

 
 

Allison Hitchcock

Literacy teacher - Grade 5

Allison Hitchcock teaches 5th grade reading after two years of teaching as a Teach For America - Memphis Corps Member. Allison holds undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota majoring in Chemistry.

 
 

Angelique hines

CORE teacher - Grades 4 & 5

Angelique Hines grew up in Chicago, IL, and she is a Teach For America Corp Member. Angelique graduated from Hope College majoring in English.

 

Brandon shane

Enrichment teacher - Grades 4 and 5

Brandon Shane went to college in Memphis at Christian Brothers University. He majored in Business Administration & Finance. Brandon worked as an intervention teacher before joining the founding team of Believe.

 

Brittany Murphy

math teacher - Grade 4

Brittany Murphy holds an undergraduate degree from Rust College with a B.S. in Biology and a graduate degree from Alabama A&M University with an M.A. in Biology. Brittany is a Teach For America - Memphis Alumni and serves and Grade 4 Grade Level Chair at Believe.

 

Derek Brody

Literacy teacher - Grade 5

Derek Brody holds an undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University where he double majored in History and Political Science. Derek is from New Jersey and teaching in Memphis as a Teach For America Corps member.

 

Felicia Mckelvy

Literacy teaching Fellow - Grade 4

Felicia Mckelvy grew up in Dyersburg, TN, and holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Memphis where she majored in Child Development and Family Studies. Felicia is a Teaching Fellow at Believe this year and currently attending the Relay Graduate School of Education.

 

Ogonna Obiajunwa

Literacy teacher - Grade 4

Ogonna Obiajunwa holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago where she majored in Political Science. Ogonna is teaching in Memphis as a Teach For America corps member.

 

teneia Hawkins

Operations Coordinator

Teneia Hawkins comes to Believe with several years of experience working on the operations and administrative side of schools in Memphis. Teneia holds an undergraduate degree from Bechtel University and a masters from Webster University. 

 

Thais Jefferson

Scholar Supports coordinator

Thais Jefferson leads the work of ensuring all children at Believe receive the necessary supports to be successful. She manages the special education caseload and works with the academic team to ensure all classrooms implement a strong Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTII) framework. She holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in Special Education from Christian Brothers University. 

 

Trey Willis

math teacher - Grade 5

Trey Willis is a native Memphian who grew up in North Memphis. Trey holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Memphis with a B.A. in Music Education and a graduate degree from Union University with an Masters of Education in Urban Education. Trey is an Memphis Teaching Residency Alumni and currently serves as the Grade 5 Grade Level Chair.